I can’t believe it’s that time again, time to start planning meals for the dark days of winter, and the second Dark Days of Winter Eat Local Challenge. It seems like just yesterday that I put the challenge out there for the first time, and I really can’t believe that it’s been more than 6 months since we finished up – where did the summer go?
As we finish out the October Eat Local Challenge, I hope you’ll join me for the Dark Days Challenge again this year. In the interest of shaking things up, I’d like to not only set for the “rules” but also ask for your input on some optional ideas. So keep reading if you’d like to take part (or are just considering it). The challenge will run from November 15 to March 15 and sign-up starts now!
- Cook one meal a week featuring at least 90% local ingredients
- You define local – the standard definitions range from 100, to 150 to 200 miles
- Ingredients can be things you grew and preserved yourself, sourced from local farms and markets, or purchased at the store
- Write about the meals you cook, your challenges finding ingredients, why you’re eating local or whatever else strikes your fancy for each recap. Photos are optional.
- Include friends and family in your sourcing and eating as possible
- We can do either weekly or bi-weekly recaps, be sure to note your preference when you sign up
- We could have themes for each recap timeframe or each month. I’m thinking things like cooking with squash, making pasta, finding one new ingredient/source, making a new-to-you dish, etc.
- I’m going to need back-up for the recaps for times I’m swamped with work or out of town – last year I tried to do it all and that was a mistake!
- Other ideas?
To make it easier for me to track who you are, where you are, and what you think about the options, I’ve created a sign-up page for this year’s challenge. Please submit it so I’ve got you on the list and also be sure to leave a comment here if you’d like!
As we get closer to the start date, I’ll be in touch with everyone with more details and where we end up on the options.
Looking forward to seeing what you eat and where you find it!